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With unprecedented access to the Pixar edit suite, this authoritative project highlights the central role film editors play in some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies of all time.

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What's in the book?

Exclusive interviews with animation editors and other creative leads are supported by footage from deep inside Pixar’s vault. Nearly 90 minutes of video segments include never-before-seen works in progress, deleted scenes, and demonstrations to shed light on how these beloved stories are crafted. The challenges and essential contributions of editors in animation have never been examined in such depth and detail.
In addition to exploring method and craft, this book provides important context for the editor in animation history, the evolution of technology, and Pixar’s uniquely collaborative studio culture. A must-read for students of digital filmmaking, filmmakers in all aspects of production, and fans of Pixar movies.

Exclusive Interviews

The Art of Editing

Supporting Videos

This companion website includes over forty videos, designed to support the text in each chapter. Carefully selected Case Studies of never-before-seen works in progress reveal the editor’s profound responsibility to a film’s audience. The animation editor’s key contributions also emerge through exclusive interviews with Pixar editors, as well as directors, producers, and creative heads.
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"The art of editing is little understood, all the more so in the world of animation. This illuminating book explains how Pixar completely reshaped the role of the film editor, with clear examples and video links to boot. I hope other producers follow Pixar’s lead; the results speak for themselves." 

Leonard Maltin

(Author, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons)

Companion Website

Dozens of highly produced video segments illustrate the concepts discussed in each chapter

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Co-authors Bill Kinder and Bobbie O’Steen are experts in the field. Kinder was the founding director of Editorial and Post Production at Pixar from 1996-2014. O’Steen is a film historian and educator specializing in editing, and the author of The Invisible Cut and Cut to the Chase.